Delicious, unique and super-versatile, this Limoncello Syrup is fabulous drizzled on fresh fruit, yogurt, ice cream and fruit desserts.
It's that time of the year, isn't it? Things tend to get a little dull, especially in a culinary sense. Are you ready for something to liven life up a bit? Limoncello Syrup is the perfect antidote for the winter blues. Actually, it's the perfect antidote to liven things up any time of year. It's super-versatile, delicious and can be used in a zillion different ways.
Limoncello is an Italian liqueur made from the yellow zest of lemons. Most of it is produced in southern Italy, the Amalfi coast and the beautiful island of Capri. With a bright burst of fresh lemon flavor, it's one of the most popular liqueurs in Italy, although people enjoy it all over the globe.
A wonderful way to change things up!
Tired of your same-old-same-old morning fruit and yogurt? Add a drizzle of Limoncello Syrup. It's fresh and sweet with a bit of pizzaz. It transforms an everyday bowl of fruit into a delicious epicurean delight. It's delightful on ice cream or drizzled over fruit crumbles. Even oatmeal takes on a whole new life with a little of this magical stuff. Oh, and stir a spoonful of Limoncello Syrup into a cup of tea and you'll think you're in a fancy little European tea boutique.
I actually created this Limoncello Syrup as a topping for a delicious Lemon and White Chocolate Pots de Créme, but I've discovered that it's a delicious condiment I love having stashed away in my fridge for so many other things.
You can make this delicious syrup in less than 10 minutes; just squeeze a couple of lemons and add a handful of sugar. It will be thick to start with, but no worries. Stir well and pop the mixture in the microwave (or a pan on the stovetop). Before you know it, the bubbling syrup will be ready. Just stir in the lemon zest (for an extra burst of fresh citrus flavor) and the Limoncello liquor, and that's about it!
So, if you've got a case of the winter doldrums, or just want something fun, delicious and unique, whip up a batch of this Limoncello Syrup. Guests will go crazy when you drizzle it over fresh fruit or ice cream, and they'll think you've slaved over such a delicious elixir for hours.
Buon divertimento (enjoy)!
Café Tips for making this Limoncello Syrup
- Limoncello can be purchased in mini bottles if desired, approximately just the right amount for one batch of Limoncello Syrup.
- Stored in the refrigerator, this syrup will keep for 2-3 weeks.
- Since you're using the zest of the lemons as well as the juice, look for organic lemons, if possible. If not, be sure to wash the lemons well and dry them before zesting.
- Add more or less Limoncello liqueur, to taste. If you add more, you may need to boil the syrup a little longer to achieve a syrupy consistency.
Calling all lemon lovers
And by the way, if you love all things lemon, you have to try this French Grandmother's Lemon Yogurt Cake. It has a funny name, but there's a really fun story behind that too! It's one of those one-bowl, no-mixer, crazy-good recipes that is wonderful to have in your culinary arsenal. Check it out!
Delicious, unique and super-versatile. This Limoncello Syrup is wonderful as a sweetener for tea or drizzled on fresh fruit, yogurt, ice cream, fruit desserts...
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ cup Limoncello liqueur
- lemon zest from 1 average-size lemon
Combine lemon juice and sugar in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl. Stir well and place in microwave on high power for 2 ½ to 3 minutes, or until mixture is boiling and sugar is dissolved. Watch carefully to make sure mixture does not boil up over the top. You can also place ingredients in a medium-size saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook until sugar is dissolved.
Add lemon zest and Limoncello and stir to combine. Cool, then pour into a bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator covered tightly.
Drizzle over fresh fruit, yogurt, ice cream and desserts or stir a spoonful into a cup of tea.